F279. CANCELLED: The Changing Shape of Immigrant Literature

Status: Not Accepted

Room 304, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Today's generation of immigrant writers are exploring a range of subjects and experiences that go beyond the classic immigration narratives. What imaginative possibilities does immigration now present as narrative trope, as organizing principle, as shared story? How do the authors' works speak in dialogue with past classic immigrant narratives? The authors will also invite audience participation via a worksheet structured around writing prompts that can be completed during and after the panel.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_Changing_Shape_of_Immigrant_Literature_AWP_Event_Outline.docx



Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize). Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Poetry Northwest, and Music & Literature. She is at work on a novel drawn from autobiography and family history.

Lauren Francis-Sharma is the author of 'Til the Well Runs Dry. She is the assistant director of Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, owner of DC Writers Room, and a MacDowell Fellow. Her sophomore novel is forthcoming.

Donna Hemans is the author of two novels: River Woman and Tea by the Sea. Her short fiction has appeared in Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, and Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad, among others. She is an editor at Pree, a Caribbean online magazine.

Elena Georgiou


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center